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# CHAPTER 5

## Bending stresses in Beams.

5.1

Introduction
In Previous chapters we considered the stresses in prismatic

## bars subjected to axial loads and Twisting moment. In this chapter we

member that is subjected to loads acting transversely to the
longitudinal axis, as explained in the preceding chapter. Internal loads
develop in beams in the form of shear forces and bending moments to
resist the external loads. Shear stresses and Bending moments
develop with in the cross section due to internally develop shear forces
and bending moments respectively. In this chapter we will restrict
ourselves to study the bending stresses only due to bending moment.
The shear stresses due to shear forces will discuss in the next
chapter. Before stating the discussion on bending strains and stresses
we need to know the concept of Pure bending. Pure bending means a
beam or a portion of the beam under a constant bending moment,
which means that the shear force is zero.

## Fig 5.1 Beam/Portion of beam in pure bending

To illustrate the concept pure bending, consider two simply supported
beams as shown in the Fig 5.1 (a) and (b). In Fig 5.1 (a), the region of
beam between the two point loads is constant and the value is Pa
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and the shear force in this region is zero. Hence the central region is
in pure bending. In Fig 5.1 (b), the beam is loaded only by couples
that produce constant bending moment and zero shear force
throughout the beam. In this chapter we will calculate the normal
strains and stresses in pure bending.
5.2

Bending stress
The stresses caused by the bending moment are known as

## bending stresses or flexure stresses. The relationship between bending

moment and bending stresses is called flexure stresses. The following
assumptions are made in deriving the flexure or bending stress
equation.
1. The beam is initially straight or has a very large radius of
curvature compared to its cross section dimensions.
2. The transverse cross section of the beam is symmetrical about
an axis passing through its centroid (in our case it is Yaxis)
and parallel to the plane of the bending.
3. The transverse section of beam, which is plane before bending,
will remain a plane after bending.
4. The cross section dimensions are small compared to its length.
5. The beam is in pure bending. i.e. the beam is subjected to only
bending moment.
6. The material of the beam is homogenous and isentropic.
7. The stress is in elastic and limit and obeys Hooks Law.
Consider a portion of a beam ab which is in pure bending produced by
couples M as shown in the Fig. 5.2.

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From the directions of the couples we can say that bending moments
are positive (ref. section 4.5 and Fig. 4.6) and the cross section is
symmetry about y-axis. Consider two plane transverse section mn, pq
separated by a distance of dx apart. Under the action of the moments
the beam gets deflected in to a circular curve as shown in the Fig. 5.3.

## Fig. 5.3 Deformation of a Beam in pure bending.

The length of the bottom fiber is elongated and top fibers are
contracted. Thus, bottom fibers are in tension and top fibers are in
compression. Somewhere between top and bottom of the beam there is
a surface which does not change in length. This surface indicated in
dashed line in Fig. 5.2 and 5.3, is called neutral surface. The
intersection of the neutral surface with any cross section plane is
called neutral axis of the cross section.
The planes mn, pq get deflected and occupies the positions
m1n1and p1q1 as shown in the Fig. 5.3, being inclined at angle d and
intersecting at o, the center of the curve. Let, R is the radius of
Curvature. The distance between n1, q1 is more than dx and between
m1, p1 less than dx, but along the neutral surface, the initial distance
dx is remains same. Hence,
R.d = dx 5.1
To evaluate the strains, consider a fiber ef at a distance of y
from the neutral axis as shown in the Fig. 5.2. Initially the length of

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the fiber ef is Li=dx and after deforming the length of the fiber e1f1 is Lf
= (R + y) d. So, the strain in the fiber ef is

(R + y) d

R d+y.d

y.d

(From eq.5.1)

(From eq.5.1)

= 5.2

## This equation shows that longitudinal strain in the beam is inversely

proportional to the radius of curvature and varies linearly with the
distance from the neutral axis. Thus, bending stress is maximum at
the outer surfaces which are at the greatest distance from the neutral
axis. If the distance is measured above the neutral axis, y is negative
and strain is also negative.
according to Hookes Law, Normal stress in beam

. 5.3

Thus, normal stresses acting on the beam vary linearly with the
distance from neutral axis. This type of stress distribution is shown in
the Fig. 5.4(a). Along the neutral axis bending stress is zero. Top fibers
are in compression (above the neutral axis) and bottom fibers are in
tension (below the neutral axis) for positive bending moment. For
negative bending moment top fibers are in tension and bottom fibers
are in compression.

## Fig. 5.4 Distribution of Normal stresses on a cross section.

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5.3

Flexure Formula
Let us consider the resultant force acting over the cross section.

## To calculate the resultant force consider a small elemental area dA in

the cross section at a distance of y from the neutral axis as shown in
the Fig. 5.4(b).The force acting on this small elemental area normal to
moment can be calculate from the equation 5.3. Since no external
axial force is acting on the beam, (assumption 5) the equilibrium of
the forces in the x direction leads to equation

. dA = 0

Ey
R

. dA

## Since modulus of elasticity E and radius of curvature R is constant we

can conclude that

y. dA = 0 ..

5.4
This is the equation for first moment of area of cross section with
respect to the neutral axis. That is the neutral axis must pass through
the centroid of the cross section. This property can be used to locate
the position of the neutral axis for a beam of any cross sectional shape
which has symmetry about y- axis.
Let us consider next the moment of the resultant force acting
the over the cross section (Fig. 5.4(b)). The moment acting on this
y. The external moment acting on the
beam is M, the equilibrium of the moment leads to equation

Ey2
R

. dA.y = M

. dA

5.5
But we know that

## y 2 . dA is the equation for second moment of

area of cross section with respect to the neutral axis, which is moment
of inertia of cross sectional area with respect to the neutral axis
I=

y 2 . dA

## Now the equation 5.5 is reduces to

=M

. 5.6

Combining the equation 5.3 and 5.6, we get the flexure formula

. 5.7

From the above, we can write the equation for bending stress

.. 5.8

## Thus, bending stress is directly proportional to the bending moment,

inversely proportional to the area moment of inertia about neutral axis
and varies linearly with the distance from neutral axis as shown in the
Fig. 5.4 (a). The maximum stress due to bending moment occurs at
the fiber for which y is maximum, i.e., the extreme fiber from the
neutral axis.
quantity

max

. The

## the cross section denote with a letter z.

The section modulus for simple cross sections are shown in the
Fig.5.5
For Rectangular cross section:

I
h

=
=

3
12

and

ymax =

and

ymax =

2
6

b
For Circular Cross section
I

4
64

3
32

## Fig. 5.5 Section modulus for simple cross sections

5.4

Composite Beams
Beams that are built of more than one material are called

## composite beams. Examples are bimetallic beams, sandwich beams,

reinforced concrete beams as shown in the Fig. 5.6. Composite beams
can be analyzed by the same way as that of ordinary beam. The main
advantage with these beams is it can withstand with more bending
load within less space/cross sectional area compared to beam with
single material.

## Fig. 5.6 Composite beam cross sections (a) bi metallic beam

(b) sand witch beam (c) reinforced concrete beam
Let us consider a beam made of two materials. Let 1 and 2 are
the suffixes used for material 1 and 2 respectively. At the common
surface, strain in both the material is same.

But,

1
1

1
1
1
2

1
1

2
2

2
2

## Thus, the ratio of stresses between material 1 and 2 is directly in the

ratio of their modulus of elasticity.

## Let y1 and y2 are the distances of the farthermost fibers of

material 1 and material 2 respectively form the neutral axis.

[ 1]

1max
E1

1max
2max

M1 =

y1

## (From equation 5.2)

y2

E2
2max

y1

y2

y1

=
E1
E2

y2

.. 5.9
(From equation 5.7)

1max. I1
y1

and M2 =

2max. I2
y2

M

=
=
=

Similarly

M1 + M2
1max. I1
y1

2max. I1 E1

y2

E2

2max E1

y2

I
E2 1

2max. I2
y2

y2

+ I2 ]

1max E2
y1

2max. I2

I
E1 2

+ I1 ]

## So, for a composite beam the total resisting moment is

M=

E2
E1

1max E2
y1

I2 + I1 ] is

E1

I2 + I1 ]

2max E1
y2

I
E2 1

+ I2 ]

5.10

E
equivalent moment inertia for material 1 & [E1 I1 + I2 ]
2

EXAMPLES

EXAMPLES

EXAMPLES

EXAMPLES

## 5.1. A thin steel rule (E = 206.7GPa) having a thickness 0.734mm

and length 254mm is bent by couples as shown in Fig.P.5.
what is the maximum stress in steel rule.

Fig. P. 5.1
Sol: Given data: t = 0.734mm, E = 206.7x103MPa, l = 254mm,
=600=1.047
We know that flexure formula

= .

From the given data we can write the equation from flexure formula
=
Where

## y = maximum distance of a surface from neutral axis

= 0.734/2 = 0.367

## From Fig. P. 5.12 we can write that l = R

Radius of curvature R = 254/1.047=242.6mm
Bending stress

206.7103 0.367
242.6

= 312.63MPa
5.2. A steel wire of diameter 4mm bent over a drum of radius
0.5m as shown in the Fig. P.5.2. Calculate the maximum
bending stress if E = 200GPa.

Fig. P. 5.2
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## We know that flexure formula

= .

From the given data we can write the equation from flexure formula
=
Where

= 4/2 = 2mm

## Radius of curvature R = r+(d/2) = 500+2 = 502mm

Bending stress

200x103 x2
502

= 796.8 MPa.
5.3. A simple beam AB of length 6.7m supports a uniform load of
intensity 22KN/m and a concentrated load of 53.4KN as
shown in the Fig. P.5.3. The beam cross section is rectangle
with width is 222mm and depth is 686mm. Determine the
maximum compressive and tensile stresses in the beam due
to bending.
Sol: Given data: b = 222mm and d = 686mm.
The maximum bending stress occurs at the cross section due to
maximum bending moment. To find the maximum bending moment
let us construct the shear force and bending moment diagram as
shown in the Fig.P.5.3. From the Shear force and bending moment
diagram shown in the Fig.P.5.3, the maximum bending moment is
204.9KNm.
From the flexure formula, the bending stress is
=

## y = Maximum distance from neutral axis. we know that neutral

axis passes through the centroid. Since the given cross section is
rectangle cross section, the centroid is coincides with the
geometric center.
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y = 686/2 = 343mm.

Fig.P.5.3
I

3

(222)(686)3

= 6x109 mm4

12

12

## The maximum bending stress

=

204.6106 343
6109

= 11.7 MPa.
Since the maximum bending moment is positive, the top fibers are in
compression and bottom fibers are in tension. The bending stress
distribution is as show in the Fig.P.5.3a

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Fig.P.5.3a
5.4. Determine the maximum allowable length of simple beam of
rectangular cross section (Fig.P.5.4) subjected to uniformly
distributed load of 6.5KN/m, if the allowable stress is
8.2MPa.
Sol: Given data:

Fig.P.5.4
Since it is a simply supported beam with UDL the maximum bending
moment is

WL2
8

=

## y = Maximum distance from neutral axis. We know that neutral

axis passes through the centroid. Since the given cross section is
rectangle cross section, the centroid is coincides with the
geometric center.

y = 240/2 = 120mm.
I

8.2 =

3

(140)(240)3

= 1.61x108 mm4

12

12

0.81252 120
1.61108

12

## 5.5. The beam shown in the figure Fig.P.5.5 is subjected to

positive bending by couples M. Determine the ratio of the
maximum tensile and compressive stresses if the cross
section is (a) an equilateral triangle (b) a semi circle

Fig.P.5.5
Sol: (a) Equilateral triangle:

Fig.P.5.5a
For triangle the centroid is at a distance of 2h/3 from the big end and
h/3 from the small end (Fig.P.5.5a). The bending moment is positive,
so top fibers are in compression and bottom fibers are in tension.
Maximum compression stress at the top fibers:
M= M, y = 2h/3 and I = I
c

.2
3

2
3

## Maximum tension stress at the bottom fibers:

M= M, y = h/3 and I = I
c

.
3

3
2

= 0.5

## (b) Semi Circle:

For Semi circle the centroid is at a distance of 4r/3 (0.212d) from the
big end and 0.282d from the small end. The bending moment is
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## positive, so top fibers are in compression and bottom fibers are in

tension.
Maximum compression stress at the top fibers:
M= M, y = 0.282d and I = I
c

.(0.282)

## Maximum tension stress at the bottom fibers:

M= M, y = 0.212d and I = I
c

.(0.212)

(0.212)

(0.282)

= 0.752

## 5.6. A beam ABC is loaded as shown in the Fig.P.5.6. The cross

section is a channel section as shown in the Fig. Calculate
the maximum tensile and compressive stresses in the beam.
Sol: To find the maximum bending moment, let us construct shear
force and bending moment diagram as shown in the Fig.P.5.6

Fig.P.5.6
From Fig.P.5.6, we can understand that the maximum bending
moment is 3.375KN.m and it is negative bending moment which
results top fibers are in tension and bottom fibers are in compression.
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To locate the neutral axis, let us find the centroid, since neutral axis
is passes through centroid. For this divide the given cross section into
three areas as shown in the Fig.P.5.6.
A1 = 300x12 = 3600mm2, y1 =74mm,
A2 = 68x12 = 816mm2, y2=34mm,
A3 = 68x12 = 816mm2, y3=34mm.
Centroid

1 1 +2 2 +3 3
1 +2 +3

= 61.52mm.

## To find the Moment of Inertia let us use parallel axis theorem

I=[
[

(300)(12)3
12

(12)(68)3
12

+ (300)(12)(74 61.52)2 ] +

(12)(68)3
12

## + (68 )(12)(34 61.52)2 ]

43200+560701.44+314432+617997.9+314432+617997.9

2468761mm4.

Fig.P.5.6 (a)
Maximum compressive stress (point B in Fig. P.5.6)
y = 61.52mm, M = 3.375x106 N mm and I = 2468761mm4

3.375106 61.52
2468761

## Maximum tensile stress (point A in Fig. P.5.6)

y = 18.48mm, M = 3.375x106 N mm and I = 2468761mm4

3.375106 18.48
2468761

## = 25.26 MPa (Tensile)

The stress distribution and neutral axis is shown in the Fig.P.5.6 (a)
5.7. Determine

the

maximum

bending

stress

caused

by

## concentrated load 5.4KN on a simple beam of cross section as

shown in the Fig.P.5.7
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Sol: The given beam is a simply supported beam with a point load.
The maximum bending moment is

5.4103 1.21.8
3.0

= 3888Nm.

## Position of neutral axis

A1 = 25x75=1875mm2, y1 = 12.5mm, A2 = 1875mm2, y2 = 62.5mm
Centroid

1 1 +2 2
1 +2

= 37.5mm.

Fig.P.5.7
Moment of Inertia I = [
[
=
=

(75)(25)3
12

(25)(75)3
12

+ (75)(25)(37.5 12.5)2 ] +
+ (75 )(25)(37.5 62.5)2 ]

97656.25+1171875+878906.25+1171875
3320312.5 mm4 =33203125x10 -12 m4

## Since the maximum bending moment is positive top fibers are in

compression and bottom fibers are in tension.
Maximum tensile stress (point B in Fig. P.5.7)
y = 37.5x10-3 m, M = 3888 Nm and I =332.312.5x10 -12 m4

388837.5103
3320312.5x1012

## Maximum compressive stress (point A in Fig. P.5.7)

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388862.5103
3320312.5x1012

## 5.8. An overhang beam ABC of T cross section supports a

concentrated load as shown in the Fig.P.5.8. Calculate the
maximum permissible value of load P based upon allowable
stress

in

material

40MPa

in

tension

and

70MPa

in

compression.
Sol: To find the maximum bending moment let us construct the shear
force and bending moment diagram as shown in the Fig.P.5.8. The
maximum bending moment is P.
Position of neutral axis
A1 = 20x80=1600mm2, y1 = 40mm,
A2 = 100x20=2000mm2, y2 = 90mm
Centroid

1 1 +2 2

= 67.8mm.

1 +2

Fig.P.5.8
Moment of Inertia I

=[
[

(20)(80)3
12

+ (20)(80)(67.8 40)2 ] +

(100)(20)3
12

## + (100 )(20)(67.8 90)2 ]

= 853333.33+1236544+66666.67+985680
= 3142224 mm4 = 3142224x10-12m4

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## Since the maximum bending moment is negative, top fibers are in

tension and bottom fibers are in compression.
Maximum tensile stress (Point B in Fig.5.8)
y = 33.3x10-3 m, M = P Nm and I =3142224x10-12m4

33.3103
3142224x1012

## Given that maximum tensile stress = 40MPa

0.01054 = 40
P = 3.774KN.
Maximum compressive stress (Point A in Fig.5.8)
y = 67.7x10-3 m, M = P Nm and I =3142224x10-12m4

67.7103
3142224x1012

## Given that maximum compressive stress = 70MPa

0.0215P = 70
P = 3.26 KN.
So, The maximum possible load is 3.26KN
5.9. A cantilever beam AB, loaded as shown in the Fig. P.5.9 is
constructed of a section as shown. Find the maximum
compressive and tensile stresses in the cross section.
Sol: To find the maximum bending moment let us construct the shear
force and bending moment diagram.

Fig.P.5.9
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## From the Fig.P.5.9, maximum bending moment is 1.8x106Nmm and it

is negative. That is top fibers are in tension and bottom fibers are in
compression.
Position of neutral axis:
A1 = 400x120=48000mm2, y1 = 200mm,
A2 = (/4)x602=2827.4mm2, y1 = 300mm
Centroid

1 1 2 2

= 193.74mm.

1 2

=[

Moment of Inertia I

[
I

(120)(400)3
12

( )(60)4
64

+ (400)(120)(200 193.74)2 ]

= 6.1x108 mm4

## Maximum compressive stress (Point B in Fig.P.5.9)

y = 193.7 mm, M = 1.8x106Nmm and I =6.1x108 mm4

1.8106 193.7
6.1x108

## Maximum tension stress (Point A in Fig.P.5.9)

y = 206.3 mm, M = 1.8x106Nmm and I =6.1x108 mm4

1.8106 206.3
6.1x108

## 5.10. A beam of I section shown in Fig.P.5.10 is subjected to a

bending moment of 10KNm at its neutral axis. Find the
maximum stress induced in the beam.
Sol: Bending stress

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Fig.P.5.10
Position of neutral axis:
A1 = 100x20=2000mm2, y1 = 10mm,
A2 = 20x100=2000mm2, y1 = 70mm
A3 = 60x20=1200mm2, y3 = 130mm,
Centroid

1 1 +2 2 +3 3
1 +2 +3

Moment of Inertia I

=[
[

= 60.77mm

(100)(20)3
12

(20)(100)3

12
(60)(20)3
12

+ (100)(20)(10 60.77)2 ] +
+ (100)(20)(70 60.77)2 ] +

+ (60)(20)(130 60.77)2 ]

= 66666.67+5155185.5+1666666.7+170385.8+40000+5751351.5
= 12850256 mm4
Since the bending moment is positive, top fibers are in compression
and bottom fibers are in compression.
Maximum tensile stress (at Point B in Fig.P.5.10)
y = 60.77mm, M = 10x106 N.mm, I = 12.58x106 mm4

10106 60.77
12.58x106

## Maximum compressive stress (at Point T in Fig.P.5.10)

y = 79.23mm, M = 10x106 N.mm, I = 12.58x106 mm4

10106 79.23
12.58x106

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## 5.11. An I section beam has following dimensions. Top flange 6cm

wide, 1cm thick. Bottom flange 12cm wide, 1cm thick. Web
1cm thick. Total depth of the section is 12cm. The beam is
5m long simply supported over a span 3m, overhanging both
supports by the same amount and it carries a point load of
2KN each end. Find the maximum stress in the material due
to bending.
shown in the Fig.P.5.11. The maximum bending moment is 2KNm and
is positive. The top fibers are in compression and bottom fibers are in
tension.
Position of neutral axis
A1 = 120x10=1200mm2, y1 = 5mm,
A2 = 10x100=1000mm2, y1 = 60mm
A3 = 60x10=600mm2, y3 = 110mm,
Centroid

1 1 +2 2 +3 3
1 +2 +3

Moment of Inertia I

=[
[

= 47.14mm

(120)(10)3
12

(10)(100)3

12
(60)(10)3
12

+ (120)(10)(47.14 5)2 ] +
+ (100)(10)(47.14 60)2 ] +

+ (60)(10)(47.14 110)2 ]

= 10000+2130935.5+833333.33+165379.6+5000+2370827.8
= 5.5x106 mm4

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Fig.P.5.11
Maximum tensile stress (at Point B in Fig.P.5.11)
y = 47.14 mm, M = 2x106 N.mm, I = 5.5x106 mm4

2106 47.14
5.5x106

## Maximum compressive stress (at Point T in Fig.P.5.11)

y = 72.86mm, M = 2x106 N.mm, I = 5.5x106 mm4

2106 72.86
5.5x106

## 5.12. The bending moment acting on the triangular cross section

of a beam is 3.6KNm. Determine the maximum tensile and
compressive stresses on the cross section.
Sol: The bending moment is a positive bending moment. So, the top
fibers are in compression and bottom fibers are in tension.

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Fig.P.5.12
The Moment of Inertia =

(60)(120)3
36

= 2.88x106 mm4

## Maximum tensile stress (at point B) (Fig.P.5.12)

M = 3.6x106 N.mm, y = 40mm, I = 2.88x106 mm4

3.6106 40
2.88x106

= 50 MPa (Tensile)

## Maximum compressive stress (at Point T in Fig.P.5.11)

y = 80mm, M = 3.6x106 N.mm, I = 2.88x106 mm4

3.6106 80
2.88x106

## 5.13. A timber beam of rectangular cross section of length 8m is

simply supported. The beam carries a UDL of 12KN/m over
the entire length and a point load of 10KN at 3m from the
left support. If the depth is two times the width and the
stress in the timber is not to exceed 8MPa, find the suitable
dimensions of the section.
Sol: Let the width of the cross section is b and thus, depth of the
cross section is 2b.

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Fig.P.5.13
From the above, Fig. P.5.13 shear force and bending diagram, M =
111.586 KNm.
Moment of Inertia I =

b(2b)3
12

= 0.67b4

## Maximum bending stress:

M = 111.586x106 N.mm, y = b mm, I = 0.67b4mm4
Bending stress

=8=

111.586106
0.67b4

Width b = 275mm
Depth 2b = 550mm
5.14. A steel beam having an I- section as shown in the Fig.P.5.14
is 4m long and is simply supported at the ends. If the safe
stress in tension for the beam is 30MPa, determine the
permissible uniformly distributed load acting on the whole
span of the beam.
Sol: Given data:

wl2
8

= 2w.

## Position of neutral axis:

Since the given cross section is symmetry about both the axis, the
centroid is at the center of the web.
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Fig.P.5.14
Moment of Inertia
I = 2. [

(200)(20)3
12

+ (200)(20)(290 150)2 ] + [

(20)(260)3
12

= 1.57x108 + 29.29x106
= 1.86x108 mm4
Maximum bending stress:
M =2w, y = 150 mm, I = 1.86x108 mm4
30 =

2150
1.86x108

## UDL value w = 18.6x106 N/mm

W = 18.6 KN/m
5.15. A beam of 2m length is simply supported at the ends and
carries a UDL of 30KN/m over its entire length. If the cross
section of the beam as shown in the Fig.P.5.15, determine
the maximum tensile and compressive stresses in the beam.
Sol: Given data: l = 2m, w = 30KN/m.
The maximum bending moment M =

wl2
8

= 15x106 N.mm

## Position of neutral axis:

A1 = 160x120 = 19200mm2, y1 = 80mm
A2 = 80x60 = 4800mm2, y2 = 110mm
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Centroid

1 1 2 2

= 70mm

1 2

=[

Moment of Inertia I

(120)(160)3
12

(80)(60)3
12

+ (120)(160)(80 70)2 ]

+ (80)(60)(110 70)2 ]

## = 40.96x106+1.92x106 1.44x106 7.68x106 = 33.76x106 mm4

Fig.P.5.15
The maximum bending moment is a positive. So, the top fibers are in
compression and bottom fibers are in tension.
Maximum tensile stress (Point B in Fig.P.5.15)
M =15x106, y = 70 mm, I = 33.76x106 mm4

15106 70
33.76x106

= 31.10MPa (Tensile)

## Maximum compressive stress (Point T in Fig.P.5.15)

M =15x106, y = 90 mm, I = 33.76x106 mm4

15106 90
33.76x106

= 39.98MPa (Compressive)

## 5.16. Determine the ratio of weights of three beams having same

lengths, made of same material, subjected to same maximum
bending moment and having same maximum normal stress, if
their cross sections are (i) a rectangular with height equal to
twice the width (ii) a square (iii) a circle.
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## having same lengths, same material, same maximum bending

moment and same normal stresses we can say that all the beams

## must have same values.

Fig.P.5.16
y
a
1.5
[ ]
=
= 3
3
I rectangle (a)(2a)
a
12
b
y
6
2
[ ]
=
= 3
3
I square (b)(b)
b
12
c
y
10.18
2
[ ]
=
=
I circle ()(c)4
c3
64
1.5
6
10.18
3 = 3= 3
a
b
c
b = 1.587a

and c = 1.89a

circular beam is
().(2a2.l)

: ().(b2.l)

: ().( 4 c2 .l)

## 2a2 : 2.52a2 : 2.82a2

1:1.26:1.41
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## 5.17. Find the dimensions of the strongest rectangular beam that

can be cut out of log of a wood 180mm diameter.
Sol: Letd is the diameter of wood and b, h are dimensions of
rectangular cross sections. Given that d = 180mm.

Fig.P.5.17
For the strongest beam the induced bending stress should be very

## less. That means

value should be small. For the above rectangular

cross section y =

6
2

and I =

3
12

Let us take

h2 = d2 b2.

Z = (b)( d2 b2)

Z = bd2 b3

=0

0 = d2 3b2

Width b =

= 103.92mm

## and height h = d2 b2 = 146.96mm

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## Problems for Practice

5.1. A rectangular beam 20cm deep by 10cm wide is subjected to
maximum bending moment of 500KNm. Determine the maximum
stress in the beam. If the value of E for the material is
200GN/m2, find the radius of curvature for that portion of the
beam where the bending moment is maximum
[750MN/m2, 26.67m]
5.2. The moment of inertia of a symmetrical section of a beam about
its neutral axis is 2640cm4 and its depth is 20cm. Determine the
longest span over which, when simply supported, the beam would
carry a UDL of 6KN/m run without the stress due to bending
exceeding 120MPa.

[5.93m]

## 5.3. A T-section beam having flange 2 cm X 10 cm and web 10 cm X 2

cm is simply supported over a span of 6m. It carries a UDL of 3
KN/m run including its own weight over its entire span; together
with a load of 2.5 KN at its mid span. Find the maximum tensile
and compressive stresses occurring in beam section.
[12.94MPa (comp.), 25.87MPa (tensile)]
5.4. Find the dimensions of the strongest rectangular beam that can
be cut out of log of a wood 450mm diameter.
[breadth = 259.8mm, depth = 367.43mm]
5.5. A CI beam of I- section with top flange 8 cm X 2 cm thick, bottom
flange 16 cm X 4 cm thick and the web is 20 cm deep and 2 cm
thick. The beam is freely supported on a span of 5m. If the tensile
stress is not to exceed 20MPa, find the safe uniformly distributed
load which the beam can carry. Find also the maximum
compressive stress.

[6.82KN/m,37.34MPa]

5.6. Compare the bending strength of a solid circular section with that
of hollow with internal diameter equal to 2/3 the external
diameter, if both sections have the same cross sectional areas
[1:1.938]
5.7. A horizontal beam of section shown in Fig.P.5.7 is 3 m long and is
simply supported at the ends. Find the maximum UDL it can
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## carry if the compressive and tensile stresses must not exceed

56MPa and 30MPa respectively.
5.8. A beam having a cross section in the form of channel (Fig.P.5.8) is
subjected to bending moment.

## Calculate the thickness of the

channel in order that the bending stress at the top and bottom of
the beam will be 7:3.

[50.8mm]

## 5.9. Fig.P.5.9 shows the section of a beam. Determine the ratio of

its resistance to bending in y-y plane to that in the x-x plane
if the maximum bending stresses is remains same in both the
cases. (Hint: Ratio between Moment of Inertias about y- and xaxis)

(0.33)

Fig.P.5.9

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